Kiwi Express Extract IPA Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Forget what you thought you knew about the flavors of IPA and travel with us to the south seas on the Kiwi Express! This exotic IPA uses only New Zealand hops to celebrate the southern hemisphere harvest!

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Forget what you thought you knew about the flavors of IPA and travel with us to the south seas on the Kiwi Express! This exotic IPA uses only New Zealand hops to celebrate the southern hemisphere harvest!

If you like Simcoe and Citra but are looking for the next resiny thing; if you like in-your-face hopbursted tastebud-erasers; if you’re not among those who thinks the world doesn’t need another IPA; then you should definitely just stop reading and brew this kit.

The setup is old (West Coast-style) but the punchline is new. A big but uncomplicated malt bill plus Wyeast 1056 set the stage and then stay out of the way of the ensuing lupulin circus. Via a blend of New Zealand hop varieties, exotic flavors and aromas permeate your sinuses - sticky tropical fruit, lime oil, equatorial flowers, Tellicherry peppercorns - underpinned with an undeniable earthy funk. All senses saturated with hoppy hues of green and yellow. Massive late and dry hop additions leave nothing to your tongue’s imagination and prove absolutely ruinous to your palate should any other ale or lager be foolish enough to try to follow Kiwi Express in a tasting session.

The next frontier is the Southern Hemisphere; welcome to the candy store, kid, here’s the keys.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style IPA
Color Light
Original Gravity 1061
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Fruity taste Review by Smokey
This was fruity tasting beer had a nice texture and went down smooth. Lot's of hops from dry hopping to watch out for when transferring the beer. I will most likely get this again at some point in the future. (Posted on 1/1/15)
My favorite Review by Government Beers (read it)
I've brewed 19 batches since I've started home brewing and this is by far my favorite.

The hops character ultra citrus, with an amazingly light malt base. Great for summer, punch-your-teeth hops without the heavy malty overtones.

I couldn't believe how much hops (plus multiple dry hops) go into this beer.

This is my new goto beer. (Posted on 7/6/14)
IPA for the masses! Review by Ryan
Wonderful beer! Mild bitterness (only .5oz bittering hops and 6.5oz Aroma and dry) Strong citrus/grapefruit in the nose.

As a 'hop head' I love this beer, easy to drink but full of flavor.
A great IPA to win people over to hoppy beers, especially for those who don't like bitterness. A malt addicted brewer friend told me this was the best IPA he'd ever had!

I dry hopped for 7 days, and found that with a little shaking, most of the hops fell to the bottom so I didn't have to worry about clogging my siphon. Used WY1056 @ 65* (Posted on 4/2/14)
WOW! Review by HollaPingel
This was a huge hit with my friends. Most of them are casual beer drinkers while sprinkling in a few snobs. I also think it should always be on tap in one of the three taps I have. Everything adds up to a hugely drinkable beer that tastes amazing. I cant wait to brew the next batch! (Posted on 2/28/14)
Easy for IPA newbies Review by BelgianLover
A Citra-IPA type taste that is easy to drink for those of us who do not love over-poweringly hoppy beers. (Posted on 1/21/14)
Color is odd Review by thomas
Just made this and I'm worried about the color. It looks almost puke color anybody else? I'm hoping it changes. (Posted on 1/17/14)
Holy hops hoppity hops Review by blayne
When we opened the kit I almost fell down when i saw the volume of hops this recipe called for. I love an ipa; the taste, the aroma, and it turned my brew house into an aromatic sensory hop-wonder zone. We boiled this for 120 minutes and adjusted the addition times as necessary. It's in secondary now waiting to be dry hopped. The 120 boil made the beer a little darker. My only advice is to think about the amount of hops in the kettle at the end of the boil before transferring because it was tricky to siphon all the wort off the top. After cooling, we let it sit for close to an hour. We are naming it 'misty mountains ipa' as a tie in to New Zealand and the hobbit (filmed in nz, duh). Can't wait to sample it. (Posted on 12/10/13)
Unique Review by Jeef
This is an excellent IPA which is unique in taste to the IPA's from the U.S. and Europe. If you are looking to expand your repertoire this is a must. (Posted on 12/4/13)
GREAT BEER! Review by Mitchell
This beer is great and super easy to brew. Highly recommended, I will definitely brew it again! (Posted on 12/4/13)
Good Review by James
Its an enjoyable IPA. Nice balance, without the "in your face" hops of many American styles. I probably won't make it again because there are others I enjoy more, but its good for a different approach.

HINT: Lots of dry hops - do use a bag. I saw that at least one reviewer was concerned about being able to get the bag out, but I'd simply suggest working the bag's string end out of the carboy and untying it, then work another part out and simply dump the spent hops into the carboy to be rinsed out while cleaning up. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Best beer I have ever brewed. Review by Brian
Awesome citrus aroma and wonderful taste. Had people at a party taste test. Even non beer drinking friends asked for more. I have only brewed the same beer twice one time and this was it.
(Posted on 11/11/13)
chillaxin Review by Paul
After a week in primary and a week in secondary I caught her still choochin'. So I popped the lid and got some fresh air in and shook her up. The product is chillaxin. (Posted on 10/22/13)
Great ale from NZ! Review by John
This is my second time brewing this tasty beverage. I enjoyed the lemony smell and undertone flavor. Highly recommended for something different. (Posted on 10/16/13)
Complex Review by Dave
As IPA fans, we were anxious to try this beer. Maybe we made a mistake somewhere along the way, but it just has too many strange flavors for us. I personally enjoy it the most, but our beer friends all try to avoid it. Ours turned out very murky in color. We kegged it, dry hopped, etc.... May be our fault, but flavor is just ok. (Posted on 10/13/13)
Great Beer Review by Thomas
Love hoppy beers. Loved the Dead Ringer as well. Thought to give this recipe a go, based on reviews. Nice light color, great hoppy flavor with a zing! Awesome! Will brew this again. (Posted on 10/10/13)
excellent beer!!! Review by Russell
Just did my 4th batch of this one. Everyone seems to love the smooth citrus-y flavor, even the lady beer drinkers can't get enough. tried a 5 1/2 gallon boil the 3rd time, the beer was super clear and very light in color without compromising the FG, also helped some with the over carbonation problem. I am going to bottle this batch all in 2 liter growlers for a more draft effect. (Posted on 9/26/13)
great!! Review by Jeffrey
Best brew yet!! (Posted on 8/21/13)
Second go-around Review by Jeffro the Pagan
I brewed this kit when it first came out. I thought it would have been more hop-forward (can't believe I just wrote that), with the hop payload. To my surprise it was pretty well balanced. I have been looking forward to brew with Nelson Sauvin hops and this seems to fit the bill and a good replay.
Used Safale 05 (Posted on 8/21/13)
Yummy Review by Corky2713
Got rave reviews from my fellow beer drinkers. I've made a few different IPAs lately and this one has been the best. (Posted on 6/14/13)
Best beer we've ever had! Review by David & Joanna
We wish we could give this beer 6 stars! Easy to brew, though watch out, after dry hopping it, our bottling wand got clogged with sediment (we did not use a bag). Only took 2 weeks to carbonate!

It's an IPA, but is much lighter than most. We've had several friends tell us that they don't like most IPAs but this one is citrus-y enough that they enjoy it. Getting ready to make a second batch due to the demand! (Posted on 6/4/13)
Very good kit. Nice aroma, not very bitter though. Review by Kingogames
I've probably been swayed too much by the West Coast, in-your-face, hop smack IPAs, but this beer is not all that bitter like most IPAs. It has an awesome aroma, absolutely love the aroma and the nice light, lingering head plus it's a little lighter in color and body than most IPAs; that along with the NZ hops adds to the novelty factor of this beer. I really like it, and all my friends/family seem to too, . It's good, but not awesome because of the lack of hop flavor, it comes off as a little too sweet for me. Not to say that's it's not drinkable; it is very, very drinkable, but I can't say I would do it again right away. (Posted on 5/5/13)
So Far, So Good..... Review by Upstate NY Home Brewer
Brewed on 4/13/2013. Did a three gallon boil. Followed listed directions and ingredients except for yeast, Used one vial of WL California and one packet of Safale 05. OG of 1.062. Took a FG reading after 6 days and it was 1.012. Didn't need a blowoff tube. I'll check FG again in two days. I plan on doing a two week secondary fermentation right in my bottling bucket so I can easily dry-hop in a bag. I'll follow-up later with results. So, far the beer has an awesome smell and tastes really good for a warm flat IPA. I'm getting excited....... (Posted on 4/19/13)
KIWI SOUL MATE Review by Explorer
People can spend their whole life searching for their soul mate. Never to be obtained but in a dream. A lifetime of let downs. Well , in a perfect world of soul seeking beers , let me say I have found my soul mate, and it exists here in the kiwi. (Posted on 3/22/13)
Amazing IPA Review by Sam
Just tried it yesterday after following the instructions. It turned out simply amazing, will brew this again. Only difference was in the color of mine, which was darker due to being extract. (Posted on 3/16/13)
Tasty Brew Review by Steve
Brewed on 1/6. 10 days primary then bagged the dry hops and threw them in for a week. The taste test on brew day and bottling day revealed a delicious fruity IPA. Bottled for 10 days and tried one. Good taste but the high carbonation overshadowed the taste. Looked at some blogs and followed the suggestions-brought four bottles out of the basement to warm up for a couple of hours, slightly uncapped them to let CO2 out for a half hour, then sanitized some new caps and resealed. Worked great! Did the rest of the stash. Now I can enjoy the peach, mango, grapefruit flavors while a nice white head caps the drink. No more burps and farts! Try this if you have over-carbonation (Posted on 3/16/13)
Smells Great !!!! Review by Kevin
Brewed this one Feb.3, it sat in Primary for 3 weeks and I dry hopped in Secondary for 2 weeks. I bottled 25 Bombers on Sunday March 10 and this beer smells amazing !!! I have such high hopes for this kit.... I'm not even going to think about popping the top on one of these 22 oz bottles for at least 3 more weeks because if it's not ready I don't want to waste one !!!! (Posted on 3/12/13)
Great beer, I'm definitely ordering this one again Review by Alex
I waited the full length suggested in primary and secondary before kegging, this was my first IPA and it turned out great. The one thing I learned is to transfer or clear up the beer before kegging. It clogged my keg lines pretty bad the first try. Overall I'm really enjoying this one and looking forward to the next batch. (Posted on 2/25/13)
Blow off tube required! Review by Alexander
I'm still in the primary fermentation stage, but I felt I should warn future brewers of this kit to use a blow off hose. I brewed late Wednesday night and by Friday morning the air lock hit my ceiling. On the bright side the room smelled like an IPA. I'll update when I finally get to drink it. For now it smells so good that I can't wait. (Posted on 1/18/13)
Excellent Review by Kevin
Great beer. Sat in primary for 18 days then bottled. Dry hopped at 12 days.

My color is a little more orange/ light brown than the pictured glass.

The smell is fantastic. It smells like freshly cut pineapples. I love this fruity type of IPA smell. Similar smell as "Lagunitas Sucks"

Taste follows the smell with great hop flavor, although the main weak spot on this beer is the mouthfeel. The actual body of the beer tastes and feels very similar to Chinook IPA, which I felt was a little thin for my tastes. I was comparing it to Lagunitas Sucks, which has a much thicker, more syrupy like mouthfeel. The very soft head gives this a nice soft feel, though.

Overall I'm very pleased with this
(Posted on 1/12/13)
Messy... Review by Tom
Great beer, but VERY MESSY when using 1/4lb of dry hops. I normally bag my hops, but with that amount I wasn't sure I'd be able to get the bag out of the carboy so I just dumped them in. In order to get a clean finished product I had to leave about 3/4 gallon of beer/hop sludge behind and transfer into another carboy to let the rest settle out before bottling. Next time I will use a bucket for secondary fermentation and bag the dry hops to get a cleaner beer. (Posted on 1/11/13)
full bodied - A+ Review by Tomas
This is the most complex beer I've made. 2 weeks in primary, 2+ weeks in secondary. I put all the dry hops directly into secondary and waited until most of the hops dropped to the bottom (7 days). This beer has lots of hops! I might try a mesh bag next time. I cracked open a bottle after a week on Xmas - already tasting good. Another 2 weeks and it will be ready for prime time. (Posted on 12/27/12)
Everyone loves this one Review by dirtup
Brewed this according to recipe. Primary 2 weeks, secondary 18 days with last 10 days dry hopping. Bottled Nov 1. Opened first one the 17th. Crisp, citrusy and refreshing. Not the usual IPA my hophead friends like, a different IPA. Not American or British. Found out that my IPA friends love it, and friends who are not IPA fans also love it! A beer snob friend of mine (who trades beers via e-bay) adored it, and is coming over next weekend to learn how to brew because of this ale! My only compaint is that this would be a wonderful summer IPA, but was introduced too late. Hopefully this kit is around in March! (Posted on 11/28/12)
Honeymoon in New Zealand Review by K Jellyfish
I spent a month in New Zealand. Awesome country and this beer is a good reflection of the time I spent there. I did a full boil extract 5 gallon batch. I did not alter the hop additions. 2 weeks primary, blowoff tube necessary. 7 days secondary before the 4 ounce dry hop addition. It's tough to get that much hops into a 5 gallon carboy. I used a grain bag. Next time I will just add it directly and worry about clarity later. Kegged after 6 day dry hop and am now tasting the finished product after 5 days at 15 psi. Best IPA I have made. Ever. It's just as described. I called it Nevis 440 IPA after the bungee jump I did there. I hope to get my hands on these hops again. Highly recommend. (Posted on 11/22/12)
Awesome brew, wish it was available year round Review by Ryan
I brewed this last month (9/8/12) but modified the brew day by doing a full boil. Followed the same hopping schedule and instructions. The beer spent two weeks in the primary, one week in the secondary. I dry hopped it the last 5 days of the secondary and then transferred to the keg on 10/2. The beer is all carbed up and smells awesome! It still tastes a little green (but very good!) but have no doubt that after conditioning in the keg another week or so, it will be even better. Give this kit a try! To me it's a West Coast style fruity, bitter hop party! (Posted on 10/10/12)